Founder, Code for Nepal
Ravi Kumar, a Nepali, is a civic technology and open data leader. For a decade he has leveraged technology to create opportunities for people. Currently, he is leading a digital strategy team at the World Bank's Governance Global Practice and is also working to build capacity for evidence-based policymaking in Nepal through a World Bank financed project.
He is a founder of Code for Nepal, a non-profit increasing digital literacy and the use of open data in Nepal. Via the nonprofit, he is opening up Nepal’s data to make it more accessible and understandable, and has launched scholarship programs to help youth and women in Nepal become digitally savvy. He has been named in Forbes 30 Under 30's list of social entrepreneurs in Asia. In 2009, he co-founded Grassroot Movement in Nepal, a non-profit that has rebuilt 25 schools. His work has been featured in the New York Times, NBC, and BuzzFeed. He has published in TIME, Huffington Post and Devex.
He serves on Buena Vista University’s President’s Advisory Council and guest lectures at universities in the U.S. and Nepal. He holds an MA from Columbia University and BA from Buena Vista University.